Classical guitarist Pépe Romero in concert
By Beverly Russell
The world-renowned Spanish guitarist Pépe Romero comes to San Miguel on Friday, February 3, and Saturday, February 4, to perform in Pro Musica’s concert series at St. Paul’s Church.
Music: Pro Musica Concert Series w/Classical Guitarist Pépe Romero. Sat & Sun, Feb 3 & 4, 5pm. St. Paul’s Church. 100/150/250 pesos. www.promusicasma.com, firstname.lastname@example.org
Romero’s family members are legendary music-makers with a mission, as movers and shakers, to reach out and touch people across the world. Pépe’s father, Celedonio Romero (1913-1996) is considered one of the greatest guitarists who ever lived. Pépe and his brothers, Celin and Angel, inherited their father’s love of music. Pépe, the second son, born in Malaga, Spain, in 1944, was recognized for his extraordinary musical gift at the age of seven, when he started performing on the concert stage with his father. At 15, he made his first recording and has recorded over 50 albums since. He has become a living legend in the world of classical music, honored by monarchs, presidents and major cultural institutions for his artistic technique and his outstanding musical interpretations on the guitar. He says, “As far as I remember I thought of myself as a guitarist; it was something I was, not something I was to become. My family encouraged and nurtured every aspect of my artistic life.”
Romero’s Friday program offers a tour of the long and diverse history of the guitar, not only in its modern form, but also in its historical incarnations. His opening piece by the Renaissance composer Luis Milan, Fantasia XVI, is followed by a Baroque work written in the 17th century by Gaspar Sanz. Then comes a 19th-century work by Fernando Sor, who was influenced by Haydn and Mozart and wrote variations on a theme from The Magic Flute. The second half of the program is devoted to 20th-century Spanish composers, including his father’s Fantasia Cubana.
The first half of Saturday’s recital comprises six works by Isaac Albeniz, a Catalonian child piano prodigy who entered the Paris Conservatoire at the age of seven and whose works include Asturias, Granada, Cordoba and Sevilla. The second half of the program is devoted to works by the Romero family. First Suite Andalusia by the father, and then Atardecer en Grana by the son. For a grandissimo finale, Romero will play two of Agustin Castellon’s colorful flamenco compositions.
Tickets for the Pépe Romero concerts, at $100, $150, $250 pesos, are available at La Tienda in the Biblioteca, Insurgentes 25; La Conexión, Aldama 3; BajioGo, Jesus 11; at St.Paul’s Church office, Calle Cardo 6, weekdays, 10am to 4pm; and at the door half an hour before the concert.
You can help Pro Musica continue to bring great musicians like Pépe Romero to San Miguel by becoming a Patron Member from as little as US$100 a year, which includes a range of benefit such as free tickets and suppers with the artists. Part of your donation also goes to fund Pro Musica’s Education Outreach Program, which provides weekly music lessons to over 60 children in disadvantaged areas of the campo around San Miguel. Details of all Pro Musica’s concerts and Patron Membership are on our website, www.promusicasma.com, or contact us at email@example.com.
Beverly Russell, www.beverlyrussell.com, studied music in London. She is the author of several books on the arts. Her forthcoming volume, Espacios, will be published in February.